Day 3 of Hat Week and I have a free pattern for you!
I wanted a Gatsby style hat, like Robert Redford wears in the movie (Side note: is anyone else sad that the Leonardo Dicaprio version release has been pushed back AGAIN?).
I was inspired by this tutorial at about goodness, but her version is for a size 22 1/2″ head, and Bean’s is only 19 1/2″. So I took a good look at her construction and then drafted my own pattern. So, for your 19.5 inch (slightly loose fitting – so you could use it for a 20″ head as well) version, keep reading. And if you need a good adult version, go over and check out about goodness.
- 1/4 yd main fabric
- 1/4 yd lining fabric
- 1/4 yd fusible interfacing
- Tiny piece (6″x4″) of buckram – (stiffened fabric over in utility fabrics section)
- To download the pattern, subscribe to the Melly Sews Weekly Newsletter. AFTER you sign up, you’ll get a confirmation email – and you have to confirm or my email service can’t send you the free pattern. But once you do confirm, you’ll get access to not just this but several other free patterns. Woot!
(PS – if you have trouble finding either your confirmation email or the email with the pattern link, try checking your spam, trash, junk, bulk, social and/or promotional email tabs or folders. Free pattern links are also included in every weekly newsletter; these go out on Friday afternoons. Due to the number of subscribers I can’t email pattern links to individuals.)
First, print your pattern.
- Print all pages on standard paper.
- I’ve found printing works best if you open this pattern with Adobe Reader, which is free to download. You may have another program on your computer that reads PDFs, but it may not print the right size. I know, because when I try to print this off my Mac in Preview, I get very different sizes depending on lots of things. Trust me, save yourself the headache and use Adobe Reader.
- Make sure that “Auto Rotate and Center” is checked and that “Scaling” is NOT checked. These may be hidden in drop down boxes – make sure to find them!
- If you live outside of the US, print the pages to your standard paper size. The pattern lines may be shifted slightly but you should be able to match up the symbols and lines.
- There is a circle symbol on the pattern to help you match up pages.
- To connect the pages, trim to the edge of the borders (there should be a gray border around each pattern piece) and tape the pages together at the circle symbol.
Next, cut your pieces according to the instructions on the pattern pieces.